I'll start with the good I guess, on the 30th L started laughing and does it a lot now. The funny part is it sounds a lot like her fussing so I'm not always sure if she's happy or not if there isn't a big smile on her face.
It was nice getting out of work early, we got home and had a little bit of slow time before things got busy. Once B ate he got dressed and looked really cute in his costume. I had put L in hers while B was eating and within 30 seconds of him seeing her he had ripped the pea pods off her bunting, I was not happy and the quick crappy tape job of course didn't hold up and my frustration level went up. I then tried to get him sit next to his pumpkin so I could take a picture, that frustrated me even more. DH got home as quick as he could and B was pumped to go Trick or Treating, I followed with the camera to P & B's house then he and DH hit the rest of the neighborhood. We didn't get as many kids as I expected, it was a bit disappointing but B had a great time. He would walk up to the houses and smack their door once saying kno-knock. I guess 2 guys were trying to scare people with a real snake and it didn't phase B, he yelled out a cheery hi and that dampened their fun. B was over tired so we had some attitude issues the closer we got to bed, he woke up cranky too and my day so far as sucked. I just feel like crying and I know having AF right now isn't helping the situation. I need to clean this house but all I feel like doing is climbing into bed and ignoring the world. We have D's b-day party at 3, B will maybe get a 1.5 hour nap so I'm sure he'll be a real joy for the rest of the day also. He was testing me so much and I was feeding L so I just put him in his room and closed the door, I needed the break, we all did. Now that he's napping L is of course up and wanting to eat so I best end this.
Saturday got a bit better, he still tested me a lot but DH was around too. D’s b-day party was fun, I’m not sure what I think of the new CM location though. There’s no parking and when you have LO’s to haul around parking is a necessity. I had to get on one neighbor kid when we got home because he was trying to open B’s goodie bag from the party, he’s old enough to know better I think he just feels he can walk all over B. I spent the evening cleaning and doing laundry and I was in bed by 10. The kids slept until 7:30 so I got a decent amount of sleep. C & B were in town for a wedding so they came by the house to visit and C brought me a bunch of girl clothes. All I did yesterday was work, I finished cleaning the house, paid bills, made dinner, and did 6 loads of laundry, what a wonderful day off! I need to put clothes away tonight since there are piles all over the counters and prep for tomorrow. Since I have the day off tomorrow I have a lot I want to take care of. Hopefully I can vote and get all of my shopping done before noon then I plan to spend the afternoon making peanut butter balls and chocolate covered cherries. That will just leave the cookies and fudge which I can do on Veteran’s Day.
MIL called last night to talk about Thanksgiving, we may be staying at a B&B close to the cabin, I would prefer my own bathroom but that may not happen. She commented that B could sleep in the loft (not going to happen at his age and then one of us would have to sleep with him and I actually want to get sleep that night) and the alternative of sleeping in the main room of the cabin with B having access (and possibly unsupervised if we’re sleeping) to the wood burning stove, it’s just a bugger. She seemed to think too that I could bring whatever I wanted for food, well I need someone to give me direction so there aren’t repeats like last year. I’m already annoyed with the whole situation. It probably didn’t help that her first question to me was if I’m overwhelmed YET with work and the kids, geez is there an ulterior motive behind you asking this? Plus I could barely hear her because she talks with the phone away from her mouth, it just drove me nuts. I also tried to help her log onto the kid’s web page, she finally got in with my suggestion to copy and paste the password, then she requested I remove the picture of her and L because her hands are showing (she has really bad arthritis) so now there’s no picture of her on there. Good grief! DH and I did at least decide on staying Wed and Thurs night and then having the weekend to ourselves so that will be nice.
We had to change our reservations for Christmas too, Carrie said the pool and slides at the hotel are separate from the hotel as in we have to pay to use it. DH called and verified that with a discount for staying at the hotel it’s $15 per person to get in (ouch!) giving us a whole $3 discount (wow don’t over extend yourself). Children 2 and under get in free, big deal when you have to pay $30 for us to wade in the water with him. So we called our standby hotel where we know the kiddie pool is free and made reservations there saving us $40/ night. DH then called the hotel back and said it’s too much for us to pay $150/ night and also have to pay $15per person to use the pool so we’re cancelling, they must get that a lot because the guy said he understood and said he’d record our reason for canceling. My hope now is that they’ll lose enough business that they’ll work hard for a better deal for their customers. I need to let my brother and SIL know we’ve made the change.
DH has been worrying about the economy & thus the store more and more, I do my best to put his mind at ease and I'm working on getting the house paid off as quickly as possible but of course he still worries. I told him that I wouldn't be asking to move to 3/4 time until the economy gets back on track, I don't mind working full time and really it's $400 more in our pocket since I'd be paying the same amount regardless to DC so why add the extra stress. He said I didn't have to do that and I know I don't have to but I want to do this for him, I want him to be as stress free as possible. Yes I'm tired at the end of the week but that will happen regardless and it would be nice to have 10 extra hours a week with my kids but right now our financial security is more important, especially since DH's store could get hit with a recession. DH ordered the 2x4's for the basement yesterday and they will be delivered on Wednesday. I hope that we can work on getting them put in and then get an electrician in before the end of the month, we'll see. The only part I'm unsure about is the new storage room and closet, that may be interesting.
Last edited by lifeisgood; 11-03-2008 at 02:09 PM.
I forgot to mention what my sweet little boy did. I was giving him a bath last night and while he was playing (since I had already cleaned him) I was plucking my eyebrows. He says, that's poop and when I look at the tub sure enough there's poop floating in there. I couldn't believe and was trying hard not to laugh. He was not happy about sitting on the potty while I cleaned it up and there were some big dooks in there. It of course happens the night I bathe him since DH usually does it.
Yesterday was busy, I had a total of 30 min to myself so it was a normal day off. I left the house before DH and the kids but the line to vote was too long so I headed to town to do my shopping and get coffee. Those plans were thrown off quickly when one store I wanted to look in before going to the mall didn’t open on time, after 10 min of waiting I said screw it. Since the mall wasn’t open yet I decided to bite the bullet and get my voting over with, I was in line for about 1 hour 10 min so it wasn’t terrible (though longer than I wanted) and I had a book to pass the time. One woman was taking pictures of her daughter in line saying she’d read about this day in the history books and have a picture of it, gag! I did see a lot of familiar faces, it just goes to show how small Blgrd really is. After voting I then went to the mall and did a little shopping and had my ring checked then it was home and I spent 3 hours making chocolate covered cherries and peanut butter balls then I prepped dinner. This is when my 30 min came in so I watched some Desperate Housewives then went to the grocery store before picking the kids up. B had a 45 min nap so he was extremely tired and whiny, lots of cuddles for my boy.
I’ve done terrible with my eating the past 2 days, I need to buckle down and make healthy choices. I’m bad news when I’m home alone because I snack a lot, tsk tsk. My goal for this challenge is to lsoe 8 pounds, I know I can do it I just have to be strong & exercise my behind off.
As for the big news today, the election, I am a bit on the nervous side. I truly hope that my feelings are silly & unfounded but my gut hasn't liked Obama from the beginning and I'm worrying. Nothing I can do about it but I hope he proves to be a decent man and proves my gut (which is usually right on with things) wrong.
Good! That way I won't eat all of the darned things myself
DH moved all of our 2x4’s to the basement yesterday so now we need to put them up, hopefully we can figure out how to do it properly. He had picked the kids up which was really nice since I got out of a meeting late, I also had a headache so I just wanted to be home. B was playing with K so we chatted with Nicole for a bit then went inside, it was pretty chilly with the wind. We had a nice evening and for some reason I knew L was going to wake up early, which she did. She woke at 4 and I let her be for a little bit then tried to get her back to sleep. She was wide awake and I’m not sure if she was really hungry or just awake. I fed her and after 4 oz and slowing down quite a bit I put her back to bed and decided to skip my yoga and sleep another 30 min. She was still up when I got up. B was up at 6 on the dot crying for me, it was just one of those mornings.
I have noticed (as I’m sitting here flexing like an idiot) that my muscles are much more define, I’m really happy about my progress so far and need to keep trucking. I’m worried I may be at a plateau but I also haven’t been that great with my eating so hopefully it’s just my poor decisions. I really want to be around the 140 lb range by my 30th birthday, and I know I can do it. I think the hard part (since it’s new for me) is working on making lifestyle changes rather than just counting calories for a short period of time. I can’t count calories the rest of my life so I know that won’t be a long term solution.
DH mentioned that he thinks his anxiety (which I didn’t know he had) is coming from the processed foods he eats. We’ve been doing a lot better with food and I told him I’ll keep buying organic foods and I’ll removed high fructose corn syrup from our diets. This means I need to go to the Co-op to buy some alternatives but it will be good for all of us. I’m working on my list right now and I think we’ll just do a big shopping trip this weekend. DH also wants to look at dishwashers this weekend and I want to at least browse refrigerators while we’re at it. I may try to break up the trips by doing some with the kids on Saturday so it’s not such a long day. Hopefully becoming more conscious of what we eat will help us lose some weight, that would be nice. I never thought I would be changing my diet like this but here I am. I also plan to look into a body cleanse/detox this weekend, it can’t hurt. DH wants to see how it goes for me before giving it a try, I love being a guinea pig.
B was exhausted when I picked him up from DC, poor kid looked terrible. We went straight for cuddle time on the couch once we were home. He’s been sleeping really well, not much for waking up though this morning around 5:20 he woke crying & saying he wanted to go home. He didn’t care for my answer that he was home so I told him we’d go home and that made him happy. L slept great last night and didn’t wake early, I was very thankful for this. B has started to sing a lot and he does really well with the songs. We watch Franklin in the morning as he’s waking up and he’ll sing “hey it’s Franklin, come over my house” so cute. Last night he sang the ABC’s along with the “now I know my ABC’s…”. And of course he’s starting to sing the Lazy Town songs, I knew that wasn’t far off. We’re going to the CM after work to meet up with the play group and B’s very excited, he keeps talking about D’s happy birthday cake that was at the museum, hopefully he’s not expecting cake tonight. I’m not sure if they’re offering pizza to buy, it didn’t say anything on the web page so I won’t be surprised if they don’t. If that’s the case we’ll have to leave earlier than usual so he can be fed.
I got my free flu shot at work today, DH wasn’t going to do it but I told him the line wasn’t long and he did get it in before work. I think I’ll avoid giving B the flu shot just because he’s so afraid of the doctor’s office at this point, we’ll see if I stay with that stance. I think we’ll have a nice weekend, lots to do but it’s mostly little things. I do hope to get more Christmas shopping done, it will be nice to have that officially off my list. We aren't spending near what we have in the past, that's alright by me too.
B did an interesting thing two days ago. When we got home he said he had to potty and started taking his pants off. I helped him with the diaper and he sat on the little potty but nothing happened and he was over it after about 30 seconds. He also wanted to go downstairs to potty but I think this was just a ploy to get close to the fireplace. I'm hoping this is good news in the potty training department.
B was very tired again on Friday, we had a few melt downs but overall he was a good boy. The CM was fun and I met a new mom in the playgroup. She seems really nice though I get the feeling her DH makes decisions for her even if it’s not what she wants. We didn’t eat there so we headed home around 6:45 and DH picked up a pizza. After the kids were in bed I ran to the grocery store then picked up a MT Millionaire (I’m determined it’s my ticket to one million dollars ). I hit a major wall while I was out but I still went home and got in a 30 min cardio, good thing too since that was it for exercise this weekend.
Saturday we slept in a little bit and since it was rainy all morning we didn’t get any play time outside. B napped fairly well for me and I decided to take a day to enjoy with my kids, I didn’t worry about cleaning or anything else and it was nice. L and I snuggled and talked a lot and we got caught up on Desperate Housewives. She took a nice nap and B of course woke up shortly after she fell asleep, oh well. Once we had some snuggle time and L had another bottle because by her behavior I was apparently starving her we loaded up in the car and went to the mall. It was extremely busy and I don’t plan on going there again until after Christmas. I also used the stroller that Tamra gave me that has a seat for L and then a spot on the back for B to stand/sit on, it worked really well. We bought my mom’s Christmas present, much too expensive but such a cute belt that I couldn’t resist and she deserves it, then met DH at the appliance store to look at dishwashers. The guy was shocked at the horrible experience we’ve had with our Asko & their customer service, join the club. He showed me a few nice ones and I think I know what I want to get. I also asked a little bit about a new refrigerator but I need the measurements of the fridge “hole” in the house so he can show me what would work. And doesn’t it figure that now that we’ve looked at dishwashers our current dishwasher is cleaning like it’s never done before in its life? I’m still booting it to the curb with a smile on my face. Once we were home B and I played outside a bit since it wasn’t raining (and what the heck is up with it raining in November here? I’m not a happy girl!) and when it started to get dark we headed in. I magically whipped up a decent dinner, it was magic because I had no idea what we were going to have 30 min prior to the meal being completed.
Sunday we slept in again, DH didn’t get to bed until 3 so I didn’t want to wake him for church and I was feeling lazy. B was a good boy until I told him he needed to leave L alone so she could sleep, I survived the meltdowns at least and it unfortunately woke DH up. Once we were all ready to roll we went to town to run our errands, they went pretty fast so that was nice. B was exhausted but we played for a bit outside then went in for lunch. I wouldn’t let him get down until he ate some of his Mac & Cheese and when I looked up he was passed out in his chair, we of course got pictures of the poor little guy. He napped really well and DH played video games so I had L for most of the time while I was trying to do his books, he did eventually take her. B really wanted his daddy once he woke up so we visited with DH and then all of us went upstairs except DH, I guess there was still game playing that needed to be had. While I was feeding L, B wanted his daddy to go outside and play with him so he hollered downstairs for about 5 min, it was really cute and eventually got DH upstairs. As the boys played outside I made dinner which took way longer than the recipe said it would and was more of a PITA than it was worth. After dinner we just had a nice time playing soccer (B can kick really well and was dribbling with his feet too) and hanging out. I was going to exercise before bed but DH asked me if I wanted a beer with him so we split a chocolate ale (nice that 20 oz of beer can get the two of us feeling it), snuggled on the couch and watched Ghost Hunter’s.
L was restless last night so I wasn’t surprised when she woke at 3 to talk, at least she went back to bed quickly though I’m really tired today. I have a chiro appointment this afternoon and I was going to come back for an hour but decided not to so I’m going to stop at LnT (since they’re going out of business I hope to find some nice sheets and a new blanket for our bed) and then I’ll stop at Bib N Binkies, hopefully they’ll be open this time. I have quite the list of things to do tonight but if I get them all done then all I have to do tomorrow is bake molasses and sugar cookies. The best thing is that since I’m running around after my appt this afternoon I won’t have to come into town tomorrow, that’s truly a blessing. I lost another 1.2 pounds and I’m surprised since I had a bad week with food and I don’t feel like I exercised enough. Hopefully by Christmas I can be down to the 162-164 range, that would be such a great feeling & accomplishment. I think just getting below 168 will be awesome since that’s my pre-preg weight with B and will be the lowest I’ve been since close to my wedding, how sad!
We have hit the jealousy/sharing issues between the kids. When L plays with her piano toy on the floor B always wants to play with it, he had a complete meltdown the first time he had this issue with her. On Saturday she was on her tummy on the Boppy playing with it and B told me he wanted to play with it. I told him that he needed to wait until L was finished, to take turns and share with her, but that he could play with her if he’d like. He got down close to her and was doing his “hi Lily” in his baby talk voice while rubbing her head and then he started showing her what things were, like the on/off knob. It was so cute. She got tired of the toy so I picked her up and told him he could now play with it so he laid on his tummy on the Boppy and played with it, it was pretty sweet. He’s also telling her that he loves her a lot, it does my heart good to hear that.
It was so nice getting out of work early on Monday, my chiro appt went well and they had a guy giving free chair massages after the appt so I got one of those. I then went to LNT and got more towels and a new set of sheets. I have to go back now because I apparently can’t read and I bought 2, not 1 but 2, extra sets of pillow cases. I think when I go back I may try to get another set of sheets since I had to throw our old ones out. DH’s side was really worn where his back is and mine had holes (which I didn’t realize before) by the feet, from me moving my feet all the time when I’m in bed, DH likes to tease me about it. I then went to BnB’s and didn’t really see anything there so I stopped at BB&B to look around then got a present for Chris at O&V. I picked the kids up a little early and we had a pretty good night. DH was already home since he had some moles removed including one on his head, so he really wasn’t feeling well. I took care of the kids all night and did my best to help DH, it’s a big gash and he had to wear a beanie to keep his bandage in place. Once the kids were in bed I was feeling really nauseas so I did a little bit of clean up around the house and made the dough for the sugar and molasses cookies then my bum was in bed.
L woke at 5 on Tuesday morning and I deserve the bad mother of the year award because I acted like it was her conspiring to keep me from sleeping in. I thought all she wanted was to be held and DH could tell I was cranky so he got up with her, she wasn’t just being a turd she was starving and chugged her bottle for DH. Poor thing has such a cruddy mom sometimes. I had a really productive day, my cookies were all baked by 10:00 so I spent the rest of the day relaxing a little bit, doing laundry, cleaning up, and paying bills. We had a normal evening and I got in a second bout of exercise, had to make up for my lack on Monday.
Wednesday was a long day of meetings at work, I feel like I got nothing accomplished. My head was killing me by the time I went home too. I had a bit of a freak out on DH about how cluttered/messy the house was so that wasn’t very fun. It did motivate me to do laundry, vacuum, finish bills & faxes, take L’s foot and hand prints for her baby book, and water the plants. Tonight I need to stop by the grocery store for a few things then I need to pack for this weekend. Having Tuesday off has really thrown this whole week off for me. We then had the night of hell with sleep. B had a tummy ache and the wind was blowing really hard so he didn’t sleep well. From 10-midnight he cried off and on and DH mostly took care of him. At midnight I gave him some Motrin and DH laid down with him. At 1 DH said he was wide awake and playing so he came to bed and then I got up when B started crying. I laid down with him for 30 min and he just kept talking and getting up so after a warning of me leaving I left. He cried for awhile but eventually fell asleep. Needless to say he was exhausted this morning and we had struggles with getting dressed. I really feel bad for the ladies at DC. Hopefully we can get him bathed and in bed early tonight to make up for his loss of 5 hours last night.